The Kesho Trust

Dr. Jafari Kideghesho

Dr. Jafari KidegheshoKideghesho
Morogoro, Tanzania

Jafari Kideghesho is currently the Rector of the College of African Wildlife Management in Mweka.  Previously he served as Deputy Director of Wildlife in The Wildlife Division of the Ministry of Tourism and Natural Resources.  Earlier academic posts included a position as an Associate Professor in the Department of Wildlife Management at Sokoine University in Morogoro where he has served for 12 years and a prior posting at the College of African Wildlife Management in Mweka.

Jafari is a conservation biologist and has taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses relating to wildlife management and community conservaiton. His own academic studies included a Masters degree in Conservation Biology from Canterbury, UK, and a PhD from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. In addition to his own research and consulting he is an active supporter of academic efforts beyond his institution and outside of Tanzania. For example he teaches part time at Tumaini University [Iringa, Tz] and the National University of Rwanda as well as serves as external examiner for the College of African Wildlife Management [Mweka, Tz], the Institute of Resource Assessment [UDSM, Tz] and the University of Namibia.

Dr. Kideghesho is also active in a variety of conservation organizations including the Society for Conservation Biology, the Ecological Society for Eastern Africa, the International Association of the Society of Common Pool Resources, the Rangeland Society of Tanzania, the Tanzania Association of Foresters, and the Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania. He also serves as an Editorial Associate for the African Journal of Ethnobiology as well as a regular reviewer for a number of conservation/natural resource journals.

Jafari’s research interests focus on wildlife management issues in the Serengeti and Selous ecosystems where he has explored the relationships among wildlife management approaches, community interests and tourism. Jafari also served on the Tanzania Advisory Committee to the Protected Areas and Poverty Reduction Research Alliance in which the Kesho Trust was a partner.